The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis
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In 1986, the author was awarded the Booker Prize for this novel which is a tragi-comedy about middle-aged Welsh people approaching old age and sobriety. The author also wrote "Lucky Jim", "Stanley and the Women", "Russian Hide and Seek" and "The Riverside Villas Murder".
 

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Kingsley Amis is generally considered one of the "angry young men" of the 1950s. He was born in London in 1922 and educated at the City of London School. He received a degree in English language and literature from St. John's College, Oxford, in 1947. Until 1961 Amis lectured in English at University College, Swansea, and for the following two years at Cambridge. In 1947 Amis published his first collection of poems, Bright November. Frame of Mind followed in 1953 and Poems: Fantasy Portraits in 1954. His first novel, Lucky Jim (1954), established his reputation as a writer. He followed with That Uncertain Feeling (1956), and I Like It Here (1958). A longtime James Bond devotee, Amis wrote a James Bond adventure after the death of Ian Fleming in 1964. Amis's study of the famous spy was titled The James Bond Dossier (1965). Amis received the Booker Prize for the Old Devils (1986). Amis's later works include Memoirs (1990), and The King's English, a collection of essays on the craft of writing well. Amis was knighted in 1990. He died in 1995.
 
Published September 11, 1986 by Hutchinson. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this bilious and booze-sodden narrative (winner of the 1986 Booker Prize), Amis once again transforms insult, ridicule, and reaction into high comic art, much of it at the expense of his own kind for a change.

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The Old Devils wasn't Amis's last novel (he wrote six more), but it's the finest of his autumnal work, largely because it features some of his best female characters.

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